During the weekend, an article published which highlighted a recent scam that is targeting parents with school aged children advising them that a change in circumstances may make them eligible for free school meals.
The scam emails sent to parents and carers claim to help support the funding of free meals while schools are closed but the DfE has said the emails are part of a scam.
A spokesperson for the DfE said: “We have been informed some parents have received an email stating: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
“This is a scam email - do not respond and delete immediately.”
Please do not respond to this email and if you have any questions around eligibility for free school meals, please contact the school and we will do any further investigations needed.